- Showing More Than 10-15 Years Experience –
Unless you won some sort of an award on a job you held 15+ years ago, and that award is directly related to work you’re pursuing today, leave it off.
- Listing Outdated Skills or Technology –
Limit the skills you list on your LinkedIn profile to current and relevant skills. According to many sources (including AARP, Monster.com, BusinessInsider, and Careerealism.com), if you have any of the following words/phrases on your LinkedIn profile, go remove them right now … we’ll wait. (facepalm)
- switchboard, fax machine, facsimile, telephone, or home phone
- MS-DOS, Windows 95, Windows XP, word processing, or Microsoft Office (it’s expected these days)
Unless you’re applying for a position that specifically requires these skills, all it tells the reader is you are over 50 years of age (aka: ‘too old on LinkedIn’).
- Including Years You Earned Your Degree(s) –
Certain levels of education are required for many jobs. However, the year you graduated isn’t always relevant, and with a little math and reasoning a reader can quickly surmise your age.
The goal here isn’t to ‘hide’ the fact that you’re over 50. You just want the chance to demonstrate your talents and skills before you’re pre-judged on that fact alone.
- Including Outdated Projects – If you worked on the multi-decade $14.6 billion dollar Boston Big Dig (1991-2007), the £4.6 billion pound Channel Tunnel between England and France (1988-1994), the $3.5+ billion dollar World Trade Center Site Restoration in New York City (2004-ongoing), or other multi-year projects, it’s safe to say …
Use all landmark, multi-year projects to highlight specific accomplishments and experience no matter when they occurred.
However, if a project occurred more than 10-15 years ago, or isn’t directly related to work you’re currently pursuing, you may just want to cite more recent relevant experience instead.